The Harriers surged up to eleventh place in the table today following this brilliant 2-0 win against high flying Wrexham. And to think that this time last month we were struggling third from bottom. If it hadn't been for Tamworth getting a late win at home to Dartford today - thanks for nothing Lee Hendrie - then we could have gone up to tenth place. We can do that, and go higher, when we go to Tamworth on Tuesday evening.
This was billed as a possible classic in the build up to the game and so it it turned out. Two sides in a run of hot current form with the Harriers top of the form table for home games while Wrexham were at the top of the corresponding table for away games. Both sides look to be unbeatable on current form but, barring a draw, one team would have to give in the end.
The Harriers took to the field with just the one change from the victory at Alfreton last weekend. Keith Briggs coming in for the injured Danny Pilkington with Callum Gittings moving wider to accommodate the incoming Briggs. Wrexham had the former Harriers, Martin Riley and Dean Keates, starting for them.
First, before the start of the game a minutes applause was held for Mitchell Cole, the former Stevenage striker who came on for them at halftime in the Trophy Final in 2007, and scored a game turning goal. He died earlier today from a heart attack.
He was just 27yrs old.
In gorgeous, but cold, sunshine the game got underway and from the start we saw that we were continuing with the fluid passing and running off the ball that we had seen in recent weeks. Marvin Johnson was once more a threat from out wide and Jamille Matt looked to be back at full sharpness and fitness after only a few weeks. The Dragons were finding it difficult to cope with his inspired runs off the ball.
We could have opened the scoring in the very first minute when Lee Vaughan and Anthony Malbon combined to allow the young striker to attempt a lob of the keeper. Josh Mayebi couldn't quite reach it but it still went just narrowly over the bar.
Keith Briggs got himself stupidly booked five minutes later when he rushed to take a free kick on the edge of the area. The ref hadn't finished messing with the Wrexham wall as Briggs took it. From the retake Briggs sent the kick goalwards and this time Mayebi did get to it and flipped it over.
Malbon had another chance to score from a corner soon after but, to every Harriers followers despair, the ball crashed off the post with all the visitors defenders beaten. The veteran Brett Ormerod should have scored in a one on one with Danny Lewis but his effort was sent just wide. It was Ormerod that tormented the Harriers in front of the TV cameras when we played Blackpool (4-1 defeat) in our first League season back in 2000.
Midway through the half and the Harriers pace wasn't letting up. Wrexham were, at times, chasing shadows as we passed the ball about easily and our football was, once again, a joy to watch. The link up play between Kyle Storer, Keith Briggs, Marvin Johnson, Anthony Malbon and Jamille Matt was top quality.
For all the action we had been treated to in the first half there had been very few clear chances on goal. One did come towards the end of the first period though and that was thanks to the temperamental Jay Harris almost turning the ball into his own net. Matt had collected the ball from a pin point Johnson pass and fired towards the goal only for Harris to try and block it but only succeeding in almost scoring an own goal.
In time added on Callum Gittings volleyed just wide from a Briggs pass. Minutes earlier he had been yellow carded for a clumsy challenge on Harris and with it being his fifth of the season he'll now miss out on the trip to Tamworth.